Frankie Montas flops as Yankees fall for Blue Jays in momentum-stopping loss

Frankie Montas flops as Yankees fall for Blue Jays in momentum-stopping loss

So much for the momentum.

If the Yankees’ dramatic extra-inning win over the Rays on Wednesday was any spark, another tough pitching performance by Frankie Montas promptly poured cold water over it on Thursday.

Montas was tagged for six runs in six innings — including a five-run second inning — when the Yankees fell flat in a 9-2 loss to the Blue Jays to open a four-game run in The Bronx.

The offense that showed signs of breaking out of his recent funk 24 hours earlier didn’t help much either, as Jose Berrios held the Yankees in check for 6 ²/₃ innings. The Yankees were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, leaving eight on base.

Pitching coach Matt Blake talks to Frankie Montas during the second inning of the Yankees' 9-2 loss to the Blue Jays.
Pitching coach Matt Blake talks to Frankie Montas during the second inning of the Yankees’ 9-2 loss to the Blue Jays.
NY Post: Charles Wenzelberg

With their 13th loss in their last 17 games, the Yankees (73-46) saw their lead over the AL East narrowed to nine games over both the Blue Jays (63-54) and Rays.

“It’s about playing well – if we play well, it will come,” said manager Aaron Boone. “Obviously we haven’t played well enough in the last ten days. So I think it’s more that we don’t play well. We have to play better. I’m not sitting there thinking about this clue. It’s about doing our business.”

Throughout the Yankees’ recent offensive slump, their starting pitching had been quietly strong – allowed three runs or less in each of their last nine games before Thursday with a 3.07 ERA. However, that changed on Thursday, as Montas had it early in his Yankee Stadium-debut and put his team on a 5-0-hole in the second inning.

In three starts since hitting the trading deadline with the Yankees of the Athletics, Montas has given up 14 earned runs on 18 hits and walked six in 14 innings.

“I want to go out and do my best,” Montas said. “This is not my best.”

Blue Jays leadoff-man George Springer was a thorn in the side of the Yankees, going 5-for-5 with two runs and an RBI.

“He was in another world tonight,” Montas said.

Montas converted Springer’s leadoff double in the first inning, but ran into problems in the second inning. Teoscar Hernandez singled and Matt Chapman doubled before Santiago Espinal grounded into a fielder’s choice, making the Blue Jays 1-0.

With two outs, Montas committed his most expensive errors when he walked number 9 hitter Whit Merrifield. That handed over the line-up to Springer, who hit a bloop single into midfield to make it 2-0.

A dejected Aaron Judge walks to the dugout after striking out in the seventh inning of the Yankees' loss.
A dejected Aaron Judge walks to the dugout after striking out in the seventh inning of the Yankees’ loss.
NY Post: Charles Wenzelberg

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. then paid a visit to the short porch, where he hit a three-run homerun to take the Blue Jays lead to 5-0.

The Yankees narrowed the deficit in the third inning, with Berrios’ throwing error on DJ LeMahieu’s infield single yielding a run and Aaron Judge bringing in another on a fielder’s choice to make it 5-2.

A dejected Frankie Montas walks off the mound at the end of the second inning, giving up five runs.
A dejected Frankie Montas walks off the mound at the end of the second inning, giving up five runs.
NY Post: Charles Wenzelberg

Oswaldo Cabrera later added a few hits, including a double for his first Major League-hit, but the Yankees lost them.

“Still looking for that traction to really get it rolling,” Boone said. “The long ball has not been there and that is an important scoring part. I thought tonight was better than what we saw in that seven-game stretch where it was really tough. But we have to get better.”

The Blue Jays reached Montas for another run in the sixth inning to make it 6-2, before blowing the game open in the seventh with three runs off Albert Abreu, who earned seven runs in his last 10 ²/₃ innings had to collect.

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